2013 was an extra fun year. I crocheted A LOT, all year long. I upgraded the power supply, graphics card and RAM in my desktop which turned my computer into a wonderful piece of work, we got passports because we road tripped all the way to Canada, via Seattle, we spent about a month in the PNW, which was a total dream, my mama painted a beautiful tree for me and I felt really creatively fulfilled all year long. The full set is here, but these are my favorites:
Okay, so, things were weird in November, right? As such, I didn’t share all of my Halloween week photoshoots here! Luckily I believe in celebrating Halloween all year long (with a short break for Christmas) so this isn’t an inappropriate post for the middle of February at all.
Since I was shooting and editing and sharing the photos in real time (on my instagram!), as well as actually doing most of the things I photographed, the edits are pretty sloppy but I’m not bothered, in fact, I’m really happy with how this all turned out.
I have trouble getting started when things are unfinished. Last year I didn’t even start my NaNoWriMo until November 2 because I wanted to clean up all of the Halloween messes and give myself a fresh house to maybe… kind of… ignore for a month.
I got up, opened all the curtains and the front door (opening the front door makes me feel less alone when I’m… alone, I don’t know why, I can hear people talking outside sometimes, watch people walking their dogs, it’s pleasant, I guess.) There was Halloween vomited all over the porch, saying, “Are you going to have time to take me down the next few days? Are you going to feel up to it?” My uterus is a ticking time bomb and my porch and front yard were absolutely covered in string lights and plastic bones. I felt like yesterday morning might be my last chance to take Halloween down for a week, so after a failed attempt to start writing I pulled the tubs out of the garage, fired up some Murder She Wrote on my ipad and patiently untangled all the lights and spooky fabric. It only took about an hour, which is amazing because it took four to get it all put up.
I really feel so much calmer if I do some kind of chore before I start writing, but I also love to get writing out of the way first thing in the morning. Writing this blog post every day is definitely like a warm-up writing session for me, though, kind of like a chore that helps me get going. Outside of November, I do yoga before I do anything else, but I would love to start doing yoga right after I write. I’m not quite there yet. Yesterday I managed to go do a few stretches after I finished my longest writing session, but it wasn’t enough. I didn’t feel that post-writing yoga relief I was going for. Something to work on.
I made this tweet (and feel free to comment prompts here, too, I’ll share how I used them in my next post!) and got started with a prompt from @nanowordsprints. A few years ago I wrote a NaNoWriMo novel called Pleasing The Stranger where I used lots of prompts every day and let my novel go wherever they led it. Eventually the novel did that thing it always does where it takes off in some direction and you really can’t control it anymore, but I tried to use as many prompts as possible and it was a fun way to do it. Since I really have nothing this year (no plot has presented itself yet) I’m casually seeing where prompts take me again.
Over four 5-30 minute writing sessions yesterday I got 1,686 words.
3776 / 50000 words. 8% done!
I did 3 costumes shoots this year, scaling back from my usual 5, but a couple of them were pretty involved.
First up is some kind of Wizardy Witch
I went down to our basement, where I usually shoot my Halloween photos, and found it thoroughly infested with wasps. I’m allergic, last I checked, and my mom is so allergic she carries an epi-pen . I haven’t been stung by a wasp in 20 years and I’m not really afraid of them, they didn’t seem that bothered by me, but I decided it wasn’t worth dying for a few good pictures.
So I had to relocate my shoot to this slightly overgrown back garden area that is really exposed to the neighborhood. Sheepish about doing this thing I do in public, especially since I tend to dramatically overact when I shoot my Halloween photos. I had to keep crouched down to keep houses and alleyway out of the frame, but I’m happy with the concept. My original idea was a witch doing magic in the woods, so the greenery helped with that. I would love to visit some bug-free forest and do something truly magical with this amazing dress.
I just packed up the last of the Halloween stuff and remembered I didn’t share these photos here!
On Friday I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. They’re my favorite!
That evening Shaun and I carved Pumpkins.
On Halloween we put the final touches on our porch decor.
My mom came over to sit on the porch with us while we handed out candy to 160 trick or treaters!
I did 3 Halloween costume looks this year!
#HalloweenPhotoWeek on instagram. (Currently all by me! but I recognize that could change someday.)
7am: Shaun wakes me up with coffee! We usually have our coffee by closet light, this time of year that is very dark!
So I turned the light on, cheers mister!
Lotsa notifications over night because it’s Halloween!
7:28am: Shaun ready & off to work.